The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is
a UK-based international organisation with over 75,000 members
ranging from professional civil engineers to students a fifth
of whom live outside the UK in some 140 countries. It is an educational
and qualifying body and has charitable status under UK law.
Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers
is the foremost civil engineering qualification in the world.
Fellows (FICE), Members (MICE), Associates (AMICE) and Technicians
are recognised and respected internationally. Members are to be
found working in consultancy, contracting, municipal and national
government or academia, but are also in demand in many other fields
for their management, organisational and professional skills.
Increasing globalisation is widening the scope of the qualification
even further, and bringing closer complete universal recognition
of what is widely accepted as the benchmark professional standard
and the international professional passport.
But such a prestigious qualification does not come easily. It
requires suitable academic qualifications, training, experience
and peer group verification . The Institution guides, promotes
and assesses such training and also provides worldwide support
for becoming fully qualified. Continuing professional development
is vital to ensure members stay up-to-date.
The ICE has reciprocal agreements with many international civil
engineering organisations and it is an automatic focal point for
In its many roles the Institution can draw on nearly two centuries
of experience. Since its foundation in 1818 and the granting of
a Royal Charter ten years later, it has drawn on the knowledge
and talent of some of the greatest names in civil engineering,who
have experience from every part of the world, in all kinds of
civil engineering and in all types of conditions.
Drawing together and disseminating this experience remains one
of the major functions of the Institution as a learned society,
both at its headquarters building close to the Houses of Parliament
in the heart of London and in local associations throughout the
world. A multitude of activities, from lectures and seminars,
to discussions, debates and social events are held regularly.
Around 20% of ICE members are based outside the UK – and most
are national residents. The number of members in each country
may be considerable, such as Hong Kong SAR which has 4,000 members.
Substantial numbers are also based in Australia, Malaysia, Canada,
South Africa, North America, Ireland, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
There is also significant representation in the UAE, Zimbabwe,
Brunei, Nigeria, Cyprus, Kenya and India.
The ICE appoints a country representative
in any territory where the number of members or the amount of
business merits. The country representative is the focal point
of contract and will represent the ICE and undertake various duties.
Country representatives have a full portfolio of information on
all aspects of the ICE's operations. Personal contact with country
representatives is possible at over 80 locations around the world.
Information is also distributed worldwide in seven learned and
practical journals - one of which is general and six of which
relate to specialist areas of engineering; they comprise the Proceedings
of the ICE.
The well known weekly magazine New Civil Engineer provides news
and debate on all aspects of the industry; members outside the
European Union are supplied with the monthly magazine Civil Engineer
International which offers up-to-date reports on the biggest and
most prestigious international projects, together with referred
papers and articles from Civil Engineering.
TRAINING AND SUPPORT
The ICE operates a comprehensive training scheme from academic
qualifications upwards. Each year it examines over 2,000 candidates
worldwide for membership. It then fosters their growth as chartered
engineers, associates or technicians.
Back-up for members is substantial and includes
the services of Thomas Telford Recruitment, a full recruitment
consultancy service, and the Benevolent Fund, which provides
for the families of engineers in need.
The London headquarters building offers up-to-date facilities
for conferences, meetings and seminars, along with a business
centre and lecture theatres.
The ICE's website at www.ice.org.uk
provides an outstanding gateway to all ICE activities and facilities.
Known as ICEnet, the site has several thousand pages of regularly
updated and crossreferenced news and information.
The ICE library at One Great George Street in London is one
of the best engineering libraries in the world. It has accumulated
the most extensive collection of British and overseas engineering
papers, standards and periodicals, including over 90,000 volumes,
and is accessible not just in person but on-line from anywhere
in the world. Library staff will answer reference and information
enquiries by phone, fax or e-mail and material can be sent out
by post, fax or e-mail.